Drama and Music

KS3 Music

Key Stage Three Music

This course introduces students to a range of styles and skills, looking at how music is made and why it has a particular effect on the listener. During the course, students will gain skills in a range of instrumental techniques including, but not limited to, Piano, Singing, Ukulele and Music Technology.


Course outline

The course is constructed to allow student instrumental skills and confidence to grow.

Year 7

Project 1 – Vocal techniques and layering

Project 2 – The world of rhythm

Project 3 – Instrumental skills

Project 4 – Music for stories


Year 8

Project 1 – Ukulele Skills

Project 2 – Pop Music

Project 3 – Music Technology


Key Skills:

  • Performing
  • Analysis
  • Listening
  • Composition
  • Creativity
  • Leadership

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Students will be initially assessed, review their performance and improve it and then re-perform.


Students will be assessed at the end of each project in the form a performance.



Various Music clubs, including Vocal Group, Orchestra and Music Tech club.


Mr Dingley
(Director of Music, RET)


Mr West
(Teacher in Charge of Music, SBS)



GCSE Drama

Drama is an exciting and challenging GCSE and is ideally suited to students who have a passion for acting and the theatre. The course will involve students creating a variety of practical drama performances, completing essays, visiting live theatre performances and responding to questions in a written exam.


The course requires dedication and students will at times be required to give up their own time both at lunch and after schools to rehearse. Drama is viewed positively by sixth form colleges and universities as it address the key skills of confidence, team work and public speaking.

Course outline

The course is divided into 3 key sections, each of which is examined in at the end of Year 11.


Unit 1 – Devising Drama. (30% of the GCSE)

Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama.


Unit 2 – Presenting & Performing Texts (30% of the GCSE)

Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.


Unit 3 – Performance & Response (40% of the GCSE)

Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. There is also an expectation that learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

This unit is assessed via a formal, written examination.


Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  



Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)



3 final examinations


Unit 1– Devising Drama- Practical Exam based on the creation of an original piece of drama.


Unit 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts- Practical Exam based on performing a play text.


Unit 3- Performance and Response- Written exam paper.


Exam questions are essay style responses.


Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Drama- BTEC Performing Arts.


Future career links:


Musical Theatre


Sales and Marketing




Mrs M Tottman- Drama and Dance 










GCSE Music

GCSE Music is a practical course covering a broad range of musical styles and activities. It is an excellent course of study in itself or as a springboard to other musical/performing activities and Higher Education. To be successful you need to have an enthusiasm for many types of music and be able to play an instrument or sing. You will also have to study eight pieces of music set by the exam board.

Course outline

The course is divided into three components, each of which is examined at the end of Year 11.


Component 1 – Performing Coursework (30% of the GCSE)

You will perform at least four minutes of music of your choice on your chosen instrument or voice. These are recorded at some point in Year 11 and at least one minute has to be you performing as part of a group.


Component 2 – Composing Coursework (30% of the GCSE)

In Year 11 you will submit two compositions, one based on a brief set by the exam board and one on an idea of your own choosing.


Component 3 – Appraising (40% of the GCSE)

You will study eight pieces of music set by the exam board grouped under the headings:

  • Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700 - 1820
  • Area of Study 2: Vocal Music
  • Area of Study 3: Music for Stage and Screen
  • Area of Study 4: Fusions


The pieces range from Bach to Star Wars and in the final exam you answer short questions about extracts from these pieces played to you on a CD and write an essay about one of the pieces you have studied.


Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:   Edexcel


Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)



1 final examination

2 coursework components


Component 1 – Performing.


Component 2 – Composing.


Component 3 – Appraising. Written examination 1hr 45 minutes


Exam questions are a mix of multiple-choice, short and long answers.


Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Music/Music Technology/Performing Arts


Future career links:


Arts Administration,

Music Recording/Producing,

Historical Research




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